Kochi, 23 Oct 2019: Responding to the actor Manju Warrier’s police complaint, adman and ‘Odiyan’ director VA Shrikumar Menon said that he would cooperate with the police investigation.
He responded on his Facebook page, breaking his silence for the first time after Manju Warrier filed a police complaint against him. In a post published on Tuesday morning, he wrote that he had heard about her complaint through media reports.
His Facebook post begins with “My dear Manju, why would you do this?” and goes onto talk about how he had helped Warrier’s career.
After a divorce with actor Dileep, Manju Warrier has been working extensively with Menon and his advertising agency Push Integrated Communications. He has also directed her in ad campaigns for Kalyan Jewellers, which is a long-term client of Shrikumar Menon.
This friendship led them to cooperate in Mohanlal-starrer high budget movie 'Odiyan', a movie in which Manju Warrier was the heroine in Shrikumar Menon’s debut directorial venture. Since the film bombed at the box office, Warrier received several messages and memes which were defamatory. Now, Manju alleged that it was Shrikumar Menon behind these wily campaigns.
He also said, “Did you forget that I was the only one to support you? My enemies have become your friends and they have a grudge against me.”Menon also alleged that Manju has forgotten all the hardships and good things that he has done for her at the time of crisis in her life. " I have stood with you at the time of hardship. But you have forgotten all those good things. That blame I heard for supporting you, the sudden group of enemies emerged against me for lending support to you, those relationships that I was forced to sacrifice for helping you and moreover the benefits and achievements you have made with the help of my ideas and love... You have forgotten all those things," read his post.
Further, Menon alleged that when the actor left her house, she had only Rs 1500 in her bank account and she was really worried about the future. "It was me who handed over a cheque of Rs 25 lakhs to you as an advance for an advertisement. That day you cried and said that I am a messenger sends by god to help you. You even forget that too," added Menon.
Menon also mentioned the name of one Mr Mathew Samel and alleged that his friendship with the latter is irritating Manju and he does not know why she is taking such an attitude.